elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, Koko Marina. Poured a beautiful amber brown. Smelled of wood, malt, and nuts. Initial flavor is fairly sweet, with some dark fruit that perfectly balances the sweet malt. Flavor then rounds out with a nuttiness and firm malt backbone, without getting too sweet or alcoholic. A really well balanced and complex brew, this really ranked among the best barley wines I’ve tried!
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on tap at the Marina Brew Pub. The appearance is a tawny brown with no real head. Flavors and aromas are perfume, alcohol, and a fair amount of hops. Did really do it for me.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Koko Marina. Poured a slightly hazy amber/red with a thin off white head. Aroma of malt and some piney hops with a wood note. Flavor was well balanced with a huge malt base, a nutty flavor and a good amount of hops to finish it out. The alcohol had a very slight warming effect.
CH-303 (1413) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Redish brown, clear. Almost no head.
Aroma: Sweet malt and fruit.
Taste: Vinous, but some hops too. Medicine?
Info: 148 ml (5 oz) draft, 21/5-2013
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Big Island pub. Clear copper/red with a slight tan head. Aroma is slight pine, deep raisin/date barley wine, and perhaps some caramel/toffee through the finish. Taste is a touch of hops up front followed by a thick sweet malt, raisin barleywine. Bit of hops on the finish. Solid representation of the style.
can8ianben (1325) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brilliantly sweet, and aggressively hopped give this beer a very complex mouthfull of flavor. Loads of things going on here from the sweet caramel malt to the full yeast flavor, and bitter finish. The aroma is like rich toffee with some faint citrus sweetness. Not easy drinking, but certainly smooth sipping.
beernbourbon (1310) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 on tap at brewpub. Pour is deep ruby red with almost no head. Aroma is loaded with caramel malt, notable hop component, and faint spice. Flavor is very typical barleywine, done well. Loads of caramel malt and light spice with a very pleasing and crisp hop component on the back end.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewpub. Aroma of caramel malts and American hops, dark amber body, small whitish head. Nicely balanced between hop flavors/bitterness and sweet malts. Nicely done.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery in company of alohac and fordest. Good times. Very surprising in that this was actually pretty good. Completely unexpected flavorful fruity taste. Sweet at first with a nice malt finish. I enjoyed this one best.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A caramel color beer with not much head. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar showing up most. The taste is mainly caramel and goes down real easy. I was shocked to find out this was 12.5% ABV as it is hidden.